Climate Change: Do Individual Actions Really Matter?

Stories offering advice on what people can do to help avert the worst impacts of climate change have become a staple of news coverage whenever a worrying new climate report is released. But many activists and scientists take issue with the idea that individual decisions should be the focus of efforts to stem global warming. Some argue that these conversations can actually hold back the climate movement by providing cover for the small number of companies that are responsible for the bulk of global emissions. Yet, others say placing 100 percent of the blame on corporations ignores the role that individuals can play in reducing climate change. They make the case that governments and companies will enact top-down systemic change only if they feel pressure from individual consumers and voters to do so.

By Mike Bebernes. Yahoo News 360. August 17, 2021.

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